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fan at the same time. we're also on japan and the guy who knows all important about how japan is to the financial world. joe brown, giant at ubs. the former democratic governor of virginia, doug wilder. this weekend, world coming back from the brink. we're here live saturday. >> glenn: hello, america. i want to welcome you to the "glenn beck program" and tell you tonight i'm going to lay out a theory. i have a lot of facts but i want to separate from facts from theory and you have to help figure this out. something is very wrong. it has been a busy couple of weeks for the president. there is a lot going on in the world. his job to lead the free world. what is he doing? he just carted his 60th round of golf as president. who hasn't golfed at least 60 times in the last two years? then, of course, the ncaa brackets. there is always a crisis. march madness is only once a year. today is st. patty's day. president went to capitol hill to celebrate that with congressional leaders. tomorrow, it's off for a well-deserved vacation in beautiful rio de janeiro. wow! may i just ask is he b
>>> good morning. breaking news. a major 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocks japan triggering a powerful tsunami. the wall of water up to 33 feet high pushing homes and cars miles. at least 32 people are dead so far. there is a tsunami warning in hawaii and parts of the u.s. west coast today friday, march hawaii and parts of the u.s. west coast today friday, march 11, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to "today" on this friday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> i'm ann curry in for matt. this was a powerful earthquake. the images are stunning out of japan. it shows the tsunami sweeping inland, some 60 miles over farmland in sendai japan, 200 miles north of tok yochlt cars, housings, buildings being swept out with this massive wave. >> it started with an 8.9 magnitude quake that hit around 2:45 p.m. local time. it is the largest quake in japan's recorded history and the fifth strongest quake in the world in the past 111 years. there have been at least 19 aftershocks, including several stronger than last month's devastating quake in new zealand. a tsunami warnin
>>> coming up next on eyewitness news, deadly disaster, new concerns of a nuclear meltdown in japan, while that country is still reeling from yesterday's powerful earthquake. >>> many marylanders wait to hear from loved ones in the devastation after the historic earthquake in japan. i'm weijia jiang, hear their story next. >>> game advocates thought 2011 would be their year. we'll explain what is standing in the way of legalizing same-sex marriage. >>> the skies are clear this morning, could we see some warmer weather on the horizon soon? meteorologist tim williams a the answer in his first warning weather forecast. eyewitness news saturday morning starts now. >>> we are getting a look at the scope of the devastation in japan this morning, as a massive rescue effort is underway to find survivors of the disaster that rocked the entire pacific. good morning, welcome to eyewitness news this saturday, i'm gigi barnett. we'll have more on the situation in a moment, but first. >> good morning to you. those pictures and this whole situation is as fascinating as it is horrible. it's one of
: are parts made for american cars made in japan? >> a lot of parts. this is how it's going to affect almost everybody. you're getting a lot of parts no matter what. it may be electronic chips, may be transmissions. i don't think anyone has a handle on the situation, how bad it might get. it looks like it will affect toyota more than anyone else. all their plants in japan have been down, some getting back up. honda will be affected. definitely going to be pressure at the dealership level to keep the prices up, especially on models that are in high demand. so i don't expect there will be a lot of bargains for consumers this spring. probably going to be summer before the situation rectifies itself. if you're looking for something like a prius or honda fit that the supply is going to be limited, wait a couple of months. it will probably get better. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. welcome to the second hour of the cnn "newsroom" here at cnn headquarters in atlanta. a lot of news to get you caught up on in libya. but first look at amazing new video captured on march 11th on the tsunami in jap
♪ >>> this morning on "early today," desperate measures. the world watches and waits as japan tries to contain its nuclear crisis. >>> survival instinct, incredible new video of heroic rescues during last week's catastrophic tsunami. >>> and royal jewel, the see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a whopping sum. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with a race against the clock. japan raise the the a virity rating of the nuclear crisis from four to five putting it on par with the three mile island disaster of 1979. japan is desperately trying to reconnect power to critical cooling systems at the fukushima power plant. fire engines are blasting tons of water into the hot zone. nbc's brian moore reports. >> reporter: tons of water, the difference between salvation and catastrophe at japan's stricken nuclear plant. >> the situation remains very serious. but there's been no significant worsening since yest
17th. >>> in japan, crews are finishing laying a new cable. it will supply more reliable electricity needed to keep the reactors cool at an earthquake- damaged nuclear plant. restoring electricity to the plant is the best way to avoid a meltdown. nuclears have been overheating since the tsunami knocked out the cooling systems and also destroy thed the -- destroyed the generator. crews were flying missions about 40 minutes each to limit their radiation exposure from the helicopters. >>> meanwhile, the united states has authorized the first evacuations of americans. the state department says chartered planes will be brought in to help private american citizens wishing to leave japan. >>> u.s. citizens are also being urged to defer all nonessential travel to any part of that country because unpredictable wind conditions could spread radioactive contamination. and the u.s. is still telling americans living -- living within 50 miles of the damaged plant to leave the area or at least remain indoors while the japanese government is limiting its warning to people living within 12 miles of th
this earthquake death toll rose in japan the government working curiously to avoid in meltdown may damage power plant could afternoon and steve. >> 9 dina coming our viewers on wgn america and watching us on the web. did the national police agency reports over 5400 rat confirmed dead and more than 2400 listed as injured and more than 9000 people reported missing japan use helicopters fire trucks and water cannons to or water on the no. 3 reactor at the fukushima power plant. efforts will continue throughout the night to keep the reactor and a pool of spent fuel rods from overheating. officials working to resolve cooling problems at four of the six reactors ever since there were damaged by the earthquake. >> based on the operations we believe that it will help to cool down and based on the data we will receive from the government task force will be able to verify whether the mission has been met with success. >> international atomic energy commission says at least 20 people have fallen ill because of possible radiation poisoning in addition to 19 injured and two missing at the fukus
east. libya tonight in particular. and japan. i want to lay out a case. i want to start with reverend wright. we know reverend wright. he was his reverend for 20 years. reverend wright is more than that. this is the guy who taught him and led him to jesus. i heard a speech a couple of years ago where the president said he had no understanding or appreciation really for jesus and the gospel. until he got it from reverend wright. now, reverend wright understands a collective salvation. the idea that you can't be redeemed or saved unless everyone is. and whatever you decide is true. that's fine for you. i'm not trying to preach religion to you. but i'm telling you that it's the exact opposite of what jesus taught. you can't find collective salvation in the gospel. it's nowhere to be found there are no ifs, ands or buts on that. none. individual salvation is universally accepted as the principal message of jesus christ. it's important because it's the antithesis of what jesus taught. we begin there. belief in collective salvation. the idea that you have to help others and you have to save
. "first look" is up next. >>> desperate measures. the world watches and waits as japan tries to contain its nuclear crisis. survival instinct, incredible new video of heroic rescues during the craftic tsunami. and royal jewel, the see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a whopping sum. good morning. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more on "first look" on msnbc. today, we begin with a race against the clock. japan is desperately trying to reconnect power to critical cooling systems at the fukushima power plant. this as smoke has once again been seen rising from the crippled nuclear facility. today high-capacity fire engines are blasting tons of water into the hot zone, an unexplained switch from yesterday's air attacks. >> reporter: tons of water, the difference between salvation and catastrophe at japan's stricken nuclear plant. >> the situation remains very serious. but there's been no significant worsening since yesterday. >> reporter: the cloud billowing from the fukushima daichi plant on wednesday was all but gone thursday, but the possibility of a meltdown is still
gwen: ripple effects from japan to libya and everywhere in between as the world works with the fallout from uprising and disaster. tonight on "washington week." >> ample warning was given qaddafi needed to stop his campaign of oppression or be held accountable. gwen: as muammar qaddafi closes in on rebels, the world community reacts. >> i urge you to immediately cease-fire and work with the resolution. >> the violence must stop, the killing must stop and the people of libya must be protected and have the opportunity to express themselves freely. gwen: will can do you havey he -- will qaddafi lose his grip? are we on the brink of all-out war? while on the other side of the world, japan copes with a disaster of biblical proportions. after the quake. after the flood. now nuclear fallout. >> there's no water in the spent fuel pool and we believe radiation levels are extremely high. gwen: how japan's calamity could affect us all. covering the week, tom gjelten of npr, coral davenport of "national journal" and david wessel of "the wall street journal." >> award-winning repor
americans who are in japan it is time to consider getting out today, thursday, march 17th, 2011. >> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," disaster in japan with matt lauer and meredith vieira. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie in for meredith who is on assignment. a sign of how desperate things are in japan that they are willing to try such a long shot. helicopters dropping water from the air. >> want to take a look at the video right now. as you can see when they do that a significant amount of that water seems to be dispersed by the wind. now massive high pressure water cannons, the kind you have seen police use on rioters will be used to hoes dose down the reac from the ground. more on this desperate attempt just ahead. >>> growing disagreement today between officials in japan and here in the u.s. over the severity of the situation. the chair of the u.s. regulatory commission believes a storage pool holding highly radioactive spent fuel rods may be completely empty at
much. >>> president obama insists the radiation set to reach the west coast from japan today is not at a dangerous level. but the government has deployed dozens of radiation sensors now running around the clock. now, they send data directly into computers at epa, which have not yet reported any increased radiation. >>> and as a precaution, airline passengers, luggage and cargo arriving in the u.s. from japan are now being screened for potentially harmful levels of radiation. customs agents say so far they've only detected small amounts of radiation in some cargo at several u.s. airports. now, none was high enough to cause any concern. >>> now, with that let's take a look at your friday forecast. a busy news day. heavy rain from seattle to san francisco. up to 2 feet of snow in sierra. lighter in cascades and rockies. light rain from cincinnati to st. louis and louisville. scattered showers for upstate new york and northern new england. >> and spring-like day along the east coast. nearly 70 degrees here in new york. very welcomed. and also shy of 80 degrees in atlanta. 50s fro
to nuclear power plant in northeast japan, as the water spring operations are on hold right now because of wind conditions. meantime, massive rescue efforts continue. ann curry has the latest. >> reactors two, three, and four are in danger and officials are using extreme measures today using helicopters for water drops, as well as plans to bring in water cannons. there were also plans to restore the generator that went out in the earthquake. there was a discrepancy over the risk factors. the u.s. nuclear revelatory commission says that radiation levels are so high that the evacuation order should be expanded. they say americans within 50 miles should leave the area. the japanese government is stay on message and says that there evacuation parameters are sound, and individuals within 12 miles should consider evacuating. people in the northern part of japan are experiencing troubles. temperatures have dropped, it is cold, they do not have heat. we have not been able to observe, despite the millions that have been pledged from the outside, we have not been able to see any significant arriv
from his national security team as the u.s. sends more support to japan. >> an explosion in one reactor and fire in another sent dangerous levels of radiation into the air and left a boiling pool of nuclear fuel at the plant. >> we need now for everybody to move out of the 12-20 kilometer radius from the no. 1 plant. >> levels of radiation spite, then dropped sharply by the end of the day. the government impose a no-fly zone over the area for commercial aircraft. >> this was a double barrel whammy, as they say. >> the energy secretary sold -- told a senate panel backed an aircraft carrier arrived to detect radiation in the air and on the ground. others will monitors the sebec areas. >> we are managing teams at the consulate and military installations in japan. >> our sister station was told that it is important to provide constant oversight of our facilities here at home. >> i have already been instructed our nuclear regulatory agency to ensure that we take lessons learned from what is happening in japan and that we are constantly upgrading how we approach our nuclear safety in this cou
along with savannah guthrie and al roker. coming up an update from japan, a country reeling from the devastation and the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami and now the nuclear power crisis. we'll go to ann in akita, japan, for the late nest a while. >> and we'll find out how what's going on in japan may impact your savings and retirement investments here. our panel of financial experts is here to answer that and other questions about your money, financial emergencies like how much to keep on hand in anticipation of a job loss and what debts to pay off now rather than later. we'll get advice on "today" money 911. >> and what to do if your kid wants to quit an activity. parents want their children to excel, but when is the right time and what are the right reasons a child should be allowed to give up an activity? also ahead, the royal wedding. we are counting down the days to the marriage of prince william and kate middleton. one lucky "today" viewer will get to go to london during all the pomp and circumstance. we'll meet our three finalists and then it's up to you to vote. >
for strikes first in the days ahead. we'll be on top this tomorrow as well as the japan crisis. "in the arena" right now. >>> good evening, i'm eliot spitzer, welcome to the program. will cain and gloria borger join plea and we'll go to anderson cooper in a moment on the story of the most desperate methods to stem the radiation from the crippled nuclear reactors. photos taken from military aircraft by people who surely risked their lives show just how grave the damage is. look at that and imagine how difficult it will be to save the crippled facility. but first, breaking news just coming in. there could, emphasis could, be an attack on libya very soon, indeed within hours. the battle for benghazi, the battle for libya may well be about to begin. this after the united nations passed a resolution to impose a no-fly zone in libya. it's the further language in that resolution that really counts. it approves the use and i quote here, of all necessary measures to protect, quoting again, "civilians under attack." indeed, they have been under full assault around benghazi, the last rebel stronghold in
potential setback as japan struggles to contain its nuclear reactor crisis. >>> and fallen star, fans mourn of sudden death of germany's most beloved zoo animal. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry, those stories and more are straight afed, this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with targeting libya. american and european militaries spent the weekend launching intense strikes on libya. in a mission aimed at halting moammar gadhafi's brutal attacks on anti-government rebels. although the american officials say u.s. is not trying to kill gadhafi, operation odyssey dawn appears to have hit close to home for the libyan leader. nbc news learned that english forces conductsed a strike on his compound. it's not known where gadhafi was at the time. but aordering to "the new york times," journalists bussed to the site didn't report casualties. >>> and u.s. defense secretary robert gates intends to hand over leadership of the coalition in a matter of days. for more on the operation, we go to nbc's brian moore. >> reporter: with a second day of fighter jet attacks and missile
of japan. you can see for yourself they are absolutely horrifying. we have been reporting all morning an 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocked japan triggering a powerful tsunami about 200 miles north of tokyo. the wall of water pushed homes, cars and debris inland for miles. a short time ago jands police said they have found the bodies of 200 to 300 people killed in the tragedy. i'm meredith vieira along with ann curry. a sad story unfolding. >> it is. it started with the quake that hit around 2:45 p.m. local time. 12:45 in the morning on the east coast. it's the largest recorded quake in japan's history. the fifth strongest quake in the world in the past 111 years. >> the tsunami has already reached hawaii where many people have been evacuated from coastal areas and there is a tsunami warning up and down the west coast. al is upstairs with the latest. the news is good, al. >> that's good news but it doesn't mean the west coast is out of the woods yet. we'll explain why in a second. you get the earthquake off the japanese coast. the tectonic plates are shifting, causing a rise in the ocean floo
and the catastrophe in japan. having said that, i would like to know -- japan is considered like our anchor partner in terms of our security defenses in the pacific. what impact is the tsunami and the earthquake having on whatever strategic locations we have in japan? mr. secretary, you could answer that. >> certainly. i mean, to begin with, i would say that it would be speculative at best at this point to comment on any of the longer term implications of the earthquake and the tsunami. but i would note that certainly, i think, the assistance that we've been able to offer on the engagement of the u.s. military and the u.s. government across-the-board in response to this crisis has helped to strengthen the bonds that we have between our -- between our two countries and help make a case, i think, for the logic of why we have a forward-deployed presence in the asian pacific region including the basin footprint that we have in japan. >> i understand that part, mr. secretary. i guess my question is more in line of what role does japan play, if any, in our readiness posture in the pacific? and how is it
the internet was a life line to people in the middle of japan's multiple disasters, but also to people everywhere who were just trying to understand it all. >> it's the first place you turn for any kind of information. of course, yahoo! web life editor heather cabot joins us now with more on those searches and other trends this week. good morning, heather. >> reporter: good morning. the crisis in japan continues to dominate searches on yahoo! it's been more than a week since the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc on the island nation. the rescue and recovery efforts coupled with the threat of nuclear disaster sent people online to find real-time photos, videos and, of course, the latest news. yahoo! users wanted to know more about the threat of radiation exposure and how it's treated. after multiple explosions rocked the fukushima power plant, searches for preventive measures including potassium iodide tablets spiked 150% this week. people wanted to understand how far radiation can travel, which other countries could be affected and they also looked back at the history of other n
. >>> in japan now, a disturbing new discovery overnight. it could be a sign that the nuclear crisis there may be getting worse. >> i'm ali velshi, cnn exclusive. president obama defends america's role in libya and talks about whether he deserved that nobel peace prize. >>> research in motion is going to try to take down the ipad with its own tablet pc. let's get started, "american morning" begins right now. >>> all right. good morning. it is wednesday. >> yesterday we thought we were making some progress in japan. with heard they had restored power to a couple of the reactors, and again this morning. news has taken a turn for the worse. >> black smoke is rising from one of the reactors at daiichi's power plant and dangerous levels of radiation have been discovered in the tap water in tokyo. levels in the tap water there are double the legal limit for infants to drink. tokyo is 150 miles from the crippled daiichi power station. the likely source, of course, of this contamination. residents are being warned not to allow babies to drink tap water. and there are radiation issues with the food in
.com or e-mail them to us at you report at kg o many as we canon the air. >> moving to japan now where the death toll tonight is nearly 7200 with more than 10,000 still missing. about chuck silverstein with the latest. fichlt remembering all they have lost. while fighting to keep what they have left. the jap necessary people came together in a moment of silence friday. at the hour the earthquake staggered their nation one week ago. and prayed for their dead. for the living struggle is just beginning. fire truck hose town cripple nuclear reactor for a second day at the fukushima complex. heroic worker continue to risk their lives in the process like these fair men who volunteered for the job. some plant workers recall the awful moment last friday. it was shaking violently for a long time. i was very scared while it was shaking. the building shook side ways and lights went out. u.s. continues to help trying to restore power to the plants with 5 huge water pump from the u.s. standing by for action. meanwhile the heart break continues. this man is still looking for h
japan amid ft the nuclear crisis. >>> and losing his cool. sier chris brown snaps after questions about his assault on sier chris brown snaps after questions about his assault on former girlfriend rihanna. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>>hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry today, we begin with power struggle. a fourth day of allied strikes have damaged moammar gadhafi's air defense systems, but so far, the attacks have failed to cripple gadhafi's confidence or put an end to his assaults. air fire streaked the skies last night over tripoli after a day of heavy fighting. despite some success in the south, the inexperienced rebels found themselves outgunned by government forces in the western city of misrata. gadhafi spoke on tv yesterday and a defiant gadhafi predicted, quote, we will win this battle. meanwhile, president obama has cut short his tour of latin america amid criticism of his leadership of the attack on libya. the president says he has, quote, absolutely no doubt that a success vl transfer of power to coalition powers will take place in a matter of days. t
not abandon also the japan. we have not abandoned them. wherever we have investment ties. it is up to the country to look out and make sure that our investments bring a return. i think the president is a good soldier. he should keep his head up even though people comment that attack him attacked his personality, attacked his demeanor. he's a good soldier and he does not address that. he should keep fighting and holding our red white, and blue flag. host: we're going to continue our discussion on what you think the president ought to say in his address on monday regarding the u.s. involvement in libya. but right now we're going to take a break and talk about what's happening in canada and joining us is david akin, national bureau chief of the ottwa sun to help us understood what's happening. guest: hi. host: on the front page of your paper, tory's lose confidence of the house and the mps off to the races. tell us what's going on. guest: that's the front page in all our papers right across the chain in canada today. kind of an odd thing. we'r
wedding and my tour of westminster abbey in a bit. there are new developments on the crisis in japan, matt. >> there are. officials criticized for downplaying the severity of the crisis have raised the rating of the situation to a 5 on the scale of 1 to 7. that means they expected wider consequences beyond the local area surrounding that troubled plant. for the first time they are admitting they may have been slow to react to the situation and are now asking the united states for help. meredith? >> yeah, matt. there is a bit of news on the royal wedding tied to the situation in japan. just this morning japan's crown prince notified the royal family that he will not be attending the wedding as he deals with the disaster in his own country. meanwhile, as we mentioned on thursday prince william is on a trip to new zealand and today gave a moving speech to the victims of the earthquake there. coming up, what he had to say and we'll talk to someone who's spent time with the prince in recent years and knows him well. >>> then our private tour of the site of the wedding, westminster abbey, by dr.
>>> this morning on "early today," radiation scare. disturbing news out of japan about one of its damaged nuclear plants. >>> asleep at the wheel, what's happened to an air traffic controller who nodded off on the job as planes landed? >>> and disorder in the court, a woman flips out during a hearing >>> and disorder in the court, a woman flips out during a hearing in nevada. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with breaking news. there has been a troubling development at the crippled fukushima plant in japan where nuclear officials say a reactor core at one unit may have breached. although authorities implied today that the damage is limited, it raises the possibility of more severe containment to the environment. meanwhile, japanese officials say tests performed on tokyo's tap water now show acceptable levels of radioactive iodine for infants. however, some parents aren't taking any chances and supplies of bottled water are running low. and two weeks after japan's earthquake and tsunami, the official death toll
in japan with the nuclear plant the kron 4 news at 7:00 a.m. starts now. >> this is the kron 4 morning news. >> mark: thank you for watching kron 4 morning news. a look at san francisco the calm before the storm. >> darya: think you for joining us. >> mark: at check gone bay area weather as the next storm comes in. james fletcher tracking the mall. >> james: we will do storm trucker for we have conditions that are okay, there are showers falling now, over concord and what great. it looks like a mere 242 this portion of 680 headed towards the benicia bridge not much more than like rain. it is dissipating quickly, in the south bay we see a cell through downtown, this is still awfully light. you might get more washing up from the car of review than the sky. tonight much more impressive. by 3:00 p.m. light rain, by your evening drive more widespread. moderate showers popping up by 7:00 p.m. the showers and identify it and see more areas of yellow growing here. your overnight hours is when this will get going and giving us more heavy cells of living around the bay. this will continue until wedne
questions about who is really responsible. i'm david wright in osaka, japan. >>> and now to an environmental scare closer to home. over the weekend a mile's long patch of sludge showed up in the gulf of mexico and washed up on the shores of louisiana's jefferson parish. the coast guard collected samples and officials say it does not appear to be from the bp oil spill. they say it is probably sediment washed into the gulf from the mississippi river. >>> the suspect in a grizzly murder at a yoga shop will be in court today. brittany norwood has been charged with first-degree murder. police say she killed her coworker and created an elaborate rouse to hide the crime. >> reporter: police say it was a fair of shoes that tipped them off. the crime scene had two sets of bloody footprints but one looked like it was faked. when police found norwood bound and gagged, they say the position she was tied up in was suspicious, with her hands tied above her head, she may have tied herself up. >> as we began analyzing the forensic evidence and looked at the medical reports, it was not supporting what the --
. "morning joe" starts right now. >>> i am confident japan will recover and rebuild because the strength and spirit of the japanese people. over the last few days they've opened up their homes to one another, they've shared scarce resources of food and water, they've organized shelters, provided free medical care and looked out for their most vulnerable citizens. >> one man put it simply. it's a japanese thing. when hard times hit, we have to help each other. >> good morning. it is friday, march 18th. top of the hour, 6:00 on the east coast. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, financeer and "morning joe" economic analyst, a new title, steven rattner and columnist for "the new york times," bob herbert is back with us. msnbc political analyst is in washington, pat buchanan. >> he's back. >> and willie geist. >> you've been to paradise, now you have. get over it. >> thank you, willie, for coming back. >> we have a couple big stories today. japan keeps unfolding but also the united nations security council makes a big move on libya last night. we'll be talking about that and the ramifi
>>> good morning. breaking news. a surge in radiation levels at the crippled nuclear plant in japan forces emergency crews to evacuate overnight. while they are now getting back to work, there are new fears that those 50 heroic workers could be running out of options today, wednesday, march 16, 2011. r captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. meredith is on assignment. you just think about the pressure those workers must be under, the sacrifice they may be making. they are being dubbed the fukushima 50, one of the last lines of defense against an all-out meltdown. >> imagine the concern when they were temporarily pulled from the plant overnight after radiation levels spiked for a short term. another concern, the second fire reactor number four today, where spent fuel rods are being stored. >> in a rare appearance, japan's emperor delivered a televised address saying he was, quote, deeply worried, but urged people not to give up hope. we are going to have
at the nuclear reactors in japan continues. >> we are on the road to 2012. hannity starts right here, right now. >> the president has a new war in libya. airstrikes led by a multi-national force lit up the sky for much of the day as the allied attacks began to target the capital city of tripoli. we go to our own steve harrigan. he is standing by live in tripoli. >> reporter: sean this is the third night in a row we've seen heavy incoming and outgoing attacks in the city of 1.5 million. four hours ago it began with loud explosions, one mile from where i'm standing in the direct of colonel qadhafi's compound. those explosions, immediately fired by anti-aircraft fire from several points. it is not clear whether the attacks were coming from planes or missiles. the anti-aircraft was immediate and loud the third time we've seen that each attack lasted 30 minutes. as far as the rebel fighters their position has solid tide they've retaken control of benghazi. they are pushing -- pushing forward to retake city -- cities they've lost. qadhafi has not been seen on television since friday. he's making phon
counter-terrorism terrorist. >>> we want to follow the latest on japan, the nuclear disaster and unfortunate news to report. dangerous levels of radiation are now being reported well beyond the government radiation evacuation zone of that nuclear power plant. right now, everyone within 13 miles of the daiichi power station, they have been ordered to leave within a 13 mime radius. now, they say radiation has exceeded radiation levels in a village 25 miles northwest of the plant. the 7,000 people who live there have not been ordered to leave but the iaea is now advising the japanese government to carefully assess the situation there. >>> meantime, two states on the west coast of the united states are reporting low levels of radiation showing up in the milk. health officials in san luis oh b obispo, california are saying it's not a significant threat but still there and not a surprise says blair thompson of the washington dairy commission. let's listen. >>> traveled across the jetstream and pacific ocean and landed on our shores. it's hardly a surprise that happened, expected. r
on in japan including a report tomorrow on america's under reported history with nuclear accidents. tomorrow's show comes with a seat belt for your use at home. >>> facing the heat. president obama defend his decision for military intervengds in libya. >>> hazardous material. japan finds highly toxic plutonium in the soil surrounding its crippled nuclear plant. >>> and above and beyond. surveillance video captures a convenience store clerk fighting back against two would-be robbers. >>> very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. those stories and much more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin with making his case. president obama took to the airwaves last night to vigorously defend his decision to enter into the conflict of interest in libya, a move that has been hotly debated by some in washington, but one that he is standing firmly behind. for more we go to nbc's tracie potts in washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. the president said we're using two approaches here -- supporting the military effort while putting pressure on ga
days, if you live in japan or you live on the pacific coast or there are some tornadoes in the midwest, tough luck. we had to furlough those employees who would have warned you to evacuate the low-lying areas in the oregon-california coast and in hawaii but, no, they have targeted massive cuts at the noaa budget. $450 million. it's estimated that noaa would have, because of the time of year, 21 days of furloughs for all its employees. $110 million in cuts to the national weather service. a big cut to state disaster preparedness plans. so right now our emergency operation centers in oregon, in california, in hawaii are in full swing, and the reason that they are able to be in touch with people in scattered coastal communities, in relatively difficult areas is because of the federal assistance that we've given to them to set up these centers. and under the republicans' budget, we would cut $206 million from state emergency operation centers. now, where are the states going to get the money in this bad climate? i guess those places won't be tended to either. we won't know the tidal waves
. >>> pressure is mounting on japan to expand the evacuation zone around its damaged power plant amid concerns about radiation seeping from the facility. the u.n.'s nuclear agency says radiation in one village 25 miles from the complex is twice the suggested threshold for evacuation. anyone within a 12-mile zone has already been told to leave. meanwhile, the country's emperor and empress made a rare public appearance wednesday trying to comfort the victims of the disaster. now there is new disturbing evidence regarding radiation from japan drifting to the united states. tests of milk samples in spokane, washington, indicate the presence of radio taf iodine from japan's nuclear plant. but the environmental protection agency cautions such findings are expected and they are far below levels of public health concern even for infants. >>> here at home, the ohio legislature has voted to severely limit collective bargaining rights for public workers. amid shouts and engineers yesterday, both the house and senate approved the measure which allows unions to negotiate wages, but not health care, sick ti
on japan this morning to expand the evacuation zone around its damaged nuclear power plant amid concerns about radiation seeping from the facility. the u.n.'s nuclear agency says radiation in one village 25 miles from the complex is twice the suggested threshold for evacuation. anyone within a 12-mile zone has already been told to leave. >>> meanwhile, the country's emppror and empress made a rare public appearance wednesday trying to comfort the victims of the disaster. >>> now there's new, disturbing evidence regarding radiation from japan drifting to the united states. tests of milk samples in spokane, washington, indicate the presence of radioactive iodine from japan's nuclear plant. but the environmental protection agency cautions such findings are expected and are far below levels of public health concern, including for infants. >>> now here at home, after weeks of provide labor protests focusing on wisconsin, the ohio legislature has voted to severely limit collective bargaining rights for public workers. amid shouts and jeers yesterday, both the house and senate approved the meas
.s. government says it is sending robotic equipment to japan to help the country regain control of its crippled nuclear plant. such devices built to withstand radiation, they could work presumably in areas where radiation levels could harm or kill humans. meanwhile, the japanese government is now admitting what many assumed, that its safeguards to protect the facility against an earthquake and tsunami were inefficient. they recorded levels more than 3,000 times the level of radioactive iodine, the highest rate yet. >>> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in new york city, chilling security videotape captured a tragic car crash early tuesday morning. the car hit a guardrail before flipping over and crashing through a set of glass doors, killing a pedestrian. police say the man behind the wheel lost control of the vehicle while exiting a bridge. the driver and passenger are reported in stable condition. >>> in miami, a 25-year-old woman was thrown to the ground by a policeman attempting to make an arrest. video that was posted on youtube shows members of a rowdy
and bradley manning to the obvious. japan. how officials there ignored alarms about the possibility of a massive quake setting off a nuclear crisis that go back years. are these black swans that keep befalling us truly as unforeseen as everyone would want us to believe? how are you getting to a happier place? running there? dancing there? how about eating soup to get there? campbell's soups fill you with good nutrition, farm-grown ingredients, and can help you keep a healthy weight. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. but you can still refinance to a fixed rate as low as 4.75% at plus, get the best deal or we'll pay you $1,000. call lending tree at... today. >>> turning our attention to japan, setbacks at the fukushima nuclear plant there. smoke started rising from reactor three amid fresh concerns about food and water supplies in the area. residents being warned not to drink the tap water and the government has banned shipments of milk and spinach from the region after radiation was detected but could all of this have been prevented? this man had been warnin
sure to stay with abc news. >>> now shifting gears to japan this morning where the staggering pain and loss from the aftermath of that devastating earthquake and tsunami have now been given a number. the world bank says the disaster has caused $235 billion in damage, even as the nuclear fallout now spreads. but as david wright reports there are also moments of joy. >> reporter: dramatic bit of hopeful news, a miracle rescue. rescuers freed this 80-year-old woman and her grandson trapped since the tsunami. she was apparently pinned under her fridge and the two survived nine days eating yogurt from the fridge until the grandson flagged down rescuers by standing on the rooftop. the japanese coast guard released dramatic new video of the tsunami before it hit shore. that dark shadow on the horizon is the wave. as it passes right under the bow of the coast guard, you get a sense of just how enormous it is. silent footage, but it is jaw-dropping. on land, they're still dealing with the damage wrought by that wave, mostly at fukushima daiichi power plant. the plant has already contaminate
in japan, one man's very special sacrifice. >>> the commute is okay, but now we're getting a few glitches and one of them on a very busy commute. more straight ahead. today japanese officials said radiation from that damaged nuclear plant is spreading the sea water faster than originally thought. latest tests show the sea water closest to the plant has 1800 times normal levels of radiation. workers are pumping out the radiation. >>> time now, 7:22 from japan this morning, a story of horror and heroism as people return to a hospital devastated by the tsunami. the tsunami was four stories high and hospital nurses are haunted by memories of people screaming, people they could not move to the roof for rescue. they also remember the sacrifice of a hospital administrator who ran to get a satellite phone and threw it to the roof seconds before he was swallowed up by the tsunami. twelve patients and ten members of the staff are among the dead. >>> here at home more than 150 cities will hold vigils for people of japan tonight. the san francisco vigil begins at 7:00 p.m. the vigil will call for an
why technologically we can't employ nuclear energy in a safe and effective way, japan does it and france does it. >> all right. well, that was a little while back, in 2009. good morning, everyone. times have changed. it's wednesday, march 16th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, we have msnbc and "time" magazine senior political analyst mark halperin. the national affairs editor for "new york" magazine, john heilemann and once again, we have the director of the earth institute at columbia university, dr. jeffrey sachs. good to have you on board, gentlemen. >> the "new york times" story, just absolutely gripping. >> we're starting with that. >> you go through the papers and, of course, japan, absolutely dominates the scene. there's "the new york times," "the washington post" talks about radiation fears. "the financial times" talks about how the radiation fears are shaking the market and the "daily news" talks about panic. i don't know if we're quite there yet as far as panic goes but the situation appears more bleak by the day. >> let's get right to it and we can talk
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